DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations says armed men have attacked a Central African Republic site for people displaced by violence, killing eight civilians and wounding a peacekeeper.
The attack comes days after Pope Francis wrapped up his three-nation Africa tour in Central African Republic, calling for peace.
Humanitarian Coordinator in Central African Republic, Aurelien A. Agbenonci, condemned Thursday's attack in Ngakobo about 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the central town Bambari. In a statement released Friday, Agbenonci called on feuding parties to preserve the security of safe havens.
Central African Republic descended into conflict in 2013 when Muslim rebels overthrew the Christian president. That ushered in a brutal reign. When the rebel leader left power the following year, a swift and horrific backlash against Muslim civilians ensued, and violence continues.